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    Dear Teachers,

    A. Get the hell out of my house!
    - "the hell" in this sentence is used to emphasize and very rude, right?

    B. When we want to tell someone to stop doing soemthing, we will say "stop!" or "stop it!"?

    Thanks a million

    Namsteven

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    A: You are correct.

    B: "Stop!" would be a warning -- for example, you're in the passenger seat of a car and see someone step out into the road in front of the car; you might shout at the driver to "Stop!"

    "Stop it!" is when you want somebody to stop doing something which annoys you, or you consider to be wrong. For example, someone might be whistling loudly and out of tune while you're trying to work; you'd then say, "Stop it!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by namsteven View Post
    Dear Teachers,
    A. Get the hell out of my house!
    - "the hell" in this sentence is used to emphasize and very rude, right?
    B. When we want to tell someone to stop doing soemthing, we will say "stop!" or "stop it!"? Either. 'Stop it suggests the something is either regular or continuous, but Stop on its own is OK too - the suggestion is very slight.
    Thanks a million You're welcome
    Namsteven
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    PS - Sometimes people who want to avoid saying 'Hell' will say 'Heck' in polite society:

    [in bedroom, late at night] 'Get the hell out of my house'
    [at vicar's tea-party] 'So I told him to get the heck out of my house.'
    Last edited by BobK; 10-Jan-2007 at 12:18. Reason: Added ps

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